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Canterbury’s health system is set to benefit from a nationwide ‘Love Your Health Worker’ appeal.

Māia Health Foundation has teamed up with The Warehouse and Auckland Health Foundation on its appeal, to support Kiwis working in healthcare in the fight against Covid-19.

As the official charity partner for Canterbury DHB, Māia Health Foundation has partnered with Auckland Health Foundation in a platform where people can leave messages of appreciation for healthcare workers and donate to help make a tangible difference. The Warehouse is donating thousands of product vouchers to support hospital staff across New Zealand and is using its online and social media presence to encourage Kiwis to support the cause.

The Warehouse Chief Executive Pejman Okhovat says our health workers are working in unprecedented times and like all New Zealanders, we are very proud of all they do and want to show our support.

“We are so grateful for our healthcare workers, who are working tirelessly to keep Kiwis safe and well during this difficult time,” said Mr Okhovat.

“Many of us know someone who is involved in essential work in our health system and we wanted to use our platforms which have thousands of visitors every day, to enable New Zealanders to show their support for those on the frontline of this pandemic.

“Through our partnership with Auckland Health Foundation who is leading the campaign on behalf of New Zealand’s major health foundations, and thanks to the generosity of Kiwis, we hope to be able to raise funds to support health workers across New Zealand.” Auckland Health Foundation CEO Gwen Green says, in supporting health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, today’s needs may be very different to the needs in two or four weeks.

“Coordinating with our DHB, we’re fundraising to help relieve pressure on health workers and we’re so thankful to The Warehouse for partnering with us. We are also working with other health foundations around the country to ensure funding from this partnership is distributed nationwide.

“Through our ‘Love Your Health Worker’ campaign, 100% of donated funds will support the hospital’s Covid-19 response; whether this involves helping health workers with welfare support, enabling research into the virus, or meeting newly emerging needs for patients as the situation unfolds,” said Mrs Green.

To share a message of love and support, go to https://loveyourhealthworker.org.nz/help/ where you can also send a video message and make a donation.

To find out more about Canterbury’s Covid-19 response, go to https://www.cdhb.health.nz/your-health/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/.

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